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Is it Worth It?

March 5, 2009

Is it worth it to pile your resources into accounts and markets, so that at the end of your working days you may enjoy your ease? You may be able to live in a comfortable house until your death. You may be able to migrate from one place to another, always avoiding the worst extremes of the weather. You may be able to travel through all fifty states and even parts of Europe. You may be able to have the comfort of knowing you will never be a financial burden to your kids, and that you saved your money wisely. Your stewardship practices may be beyond question, with all foreseeable contingencies properly planned for. In the end, you may be able to say, “I have saved and spent carefully, I did not foolishly squander my money and I can enjoy the fruits of all my labor.”

Is it worth it to pour out your life and energy at the workplace, move up the ladder and end your days as the boss? You will be respected. You may be financially stable or even well off. You will have the prestige that goes along with the position you have worked so hard to earn. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have achieved the goals you set out to accomplish. You may be able to look back on your life and say “I have worked well, I have accomplished my dreams.”

Is it worth it to invest your time and resources into your possessions? You may be able to purchase your dream home. You may have a newer car that runs well and is still under warranty. You may be able to wile away your leisure hours with one of the many toys you have purchased along the way. Others may look at your things and wish they had them as well. You will be able to tell others all about the trips you took enjoying your latest gadget. You will be able to show others around your home, and experience the pride that comes with hearing their delight and envy at what you have been able to accomplish. You may be able to look back one day and say, “I have lived a good life, I have enjoyed the time I spent here on earth.”

Is it worth it to give your thoughts and plans to promoting the friendships of your fellow man? You will be liked by many. You will often be asked to speak at special functions. People will gravitate towards you, and will frequently follow your leadership in matters. Your personality will allow you to influence peoples lives in many different ways. Others may learn to imitate your wit, or your particular style. You will walk into a room and have everyone’s attention. At the end, you may be able to look back and say, “I had an impact on people, there lives were enriched and bettered because of my time spent with them.”

Is it worth it? This question is pressing because how we answer that question will have a profound impact on tomorrow and many tomorrows to follow. I am afraid that few have even asked themselves such a question, and even fewer have attempted to formulate a Biblical answer. Three passages seem to be extrememely relevant in attempting an honest, Biblical answer:

Mark 10: 36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Matthew 6:24-34 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Colossians 3:1-3 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

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